Legalizaciones (Legalizations)

(English) Legalization/general information

Legalization/authentication process

As of March 16, 1999 Venezuela is a part of the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents of 1961. The Convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and Consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention  country (US) and intended for use in another (Venezuela). Documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention apostille are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of the United States to the other country's party to the Convention and the federal courts and state authorities have been alerted to this obligation.

The inclusion of Venezuela in the Convention does not imply that documents no longer need to be legalized - they must continue to follow  the routinary steps involved in the process of legalization in order to obtain the Convention Apostille from the Secretary of State of the state where the document was notarized, or the Department of State if the document is from a Federal Agency. The steps are as follows:

   1. The document must be signed by a public notary
   2. The signature of that public notary must be endorsed by the Clerk and/or Secretary of State of  your jurisdiction

   3. The document does not need to be further certified by a consular office.


Documents that will be used at customs in Venezuela for import and mercantile purposes, however, are not exempt from being legalized by the Consular offices. In these cases, the procedure for legalization is as follows:

1.The document (s) should be notarized.


2. The signature of the notary must be authenticated by the local County Clerk (when available) or by the corresponding Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, in the case of private companies.


3.Send only original documents or certified copies. We do not legalize photocopies.


4.When the requirements submitted need to be returned by mail, please send us a certified self-addressed stamped envelope or the invoice form from any courier company with the account number or credit card.


5.Send a money order or company check in the amount of US$70,00 for your certification fee, payable to “Consulate of Venezuela”, to legalize Certification of Analysis, Antiquity (Age), Quality, Aging, Free Contamination, Free Sale, Origin, Patent, Purity, Animal Health, Vegetal Health, Radioactivity, Human Consumption, Free strontium, Certificate of Use (Personal belongings o Vehicle) and US$ 50,00 for any other document.